OCTAVIAN AR silver denarius. Temple of Divus Julius Caesar, statue within, comet above

Ancient Coins - OCTAVIAN AR silver denarius. Temple of Divus Julius Caesar, statue within, comet above
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OCTAVIAN AR silver denarius. Struck in Italy, circa 36 BC. IMP CAESAR DIVI F III VIR ITER R P C, bare head right, with slight beard. Reverse - COS ITER ET TER DESIG, Julius Caesar standing in temple of four columns, frontal inscribed DIVO IVL, altar at left. Star (representing Caesar's Comet) above. RSC90, RCV 1545, valued at $440 in VF. 19mm, 3.3g. Lightly scratched throughout, a few banker's marks.

This denarius clearly reflects Octavian's manipulation of the symbolism in his coinage to convey a particular political message. The obverse shows him with a beard, the typical attitude of mourning, worn in this instance for the death of Caesar, his assassinated patron. The reverse depicts the as-yet-to-be-built Temple of Divus Julius, located at the southern entrance of the Roman Forum, which would be dedicated on 18 August 29 BC. Although construction of a temple on the site of Caesar's cremation did not begin until after Actium, Octavian still depicted it on this earlier coins to emphasize his connection to the now "divine" Caesar, as well as his more traditional fulfilment of pietas.

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US$ 87.00
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Quotazione: 08/22/17

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